Your Cycling Holidays in Italy

Umbria and Lake Tresimeno

There is no better way to enjoy the delights of the Tuscan and Umbrian countryside and the Italian lifestyle than by e-bike. This laid-lack tour takes you around the beautiful Lake Trasimeno through rolling countryside, olive groves, vineyards and sunflower fields and taking in ancient Etruscan towns such as Cortona and Casteiglione del Lago. You’ll be able to swim in the lake, visit one of the finest vineyards in Montepulciano and enjoy quintessential Italian cuisine whilst staying in unique and stunning hotels and one guesthouse.

What’s Included:

• Hotel and Luxury Guesthouse Accommodation
• Bed and Breakfast
• Top of the range E-bikes with pannier bags, water bottles and puncture repair repair kits
• Support from our local representative
• Route maps and instructions plus GPS
• Local support whenever required
• Welcome briefing

Your Cycling Holidays in Italy

Umbria and Lake Tresimeno

5 Night Tour

Day 1 Arrive at Perugia, Florence or Rome and transfer to Cortona. Check in to your stunning hotel in the southern hills of Tuscany and Umbria and relax with a quintessential Italian cappuccino or a glass of the local Sangiovese. You’ll be fitted out with your e-bike and briefed on how to use it before enjoying dinner.

Day 2 Cortona. On the first day of your holiday you may choose to relax at your luxurious hotel and make the most of the lovely swimming pool or we recommend the short cycle to nearby Cortona (6 miles/9km). Cortona is a hilltop town with spectacular views of the surrounding Val di Chiana and Lake Trasimeno. Cortona was founded by the Etruscans and still enclosed by ancient walls. The town, featured in Frances Mayes popular book and film ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’, has many excellent restaurants. Well worth the visit is The Etruscan Academy Museum of Cortona, one of the finest displays of the Etruscans in Italy.

Day 3 Cortona to Castiglione del Lago (17 miles/27km). Leaving Villa di Piazzano today, the route takes you south into rolling countryside on the edge of the Montepulciano wine region to Italy’s fourth largest lake, Lake Tresimeno. Your destination is the ancient town of Castiglione del Lago built on a limestone promontory on the west of the lake, with its old town centre surrounded by medieval walls and overlooked by its castle, Rocca del Leone. There is a beach next to the town enabling you to enjoy a dip in the lake before discovering your unique and elegant lodgings for the night, set in the historical centre.

Day 4 Avignonesi Vineyard (21 miles/34km). You may choose to take a rest day and explore Castiglione del Lago, perhaps taking a short ride to the lake shore for lunch or take a ferry to one of the charming islands. Alternatively, you could enjoy the round-trip cycle to one of the region’s best known and favourite vineyards, Avignonesi, which is steeped in history, tradition and of course wondrous wines. The magnificent estate has introduced organic and biodynamic winemaking methods, producing the superb Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. A tour of the vineyard and lunch is highly recommended and can be organised by your local representative.

Day 5 Castiglione del Lago to Cortona (23 miles/36km). Today, you cycle back to Cortona along the lakeside road towards the town of Borghetto and then onto Tuoro sul Trasimeno for a lunch stop.On route, you will pass through idyllic Tuscan countryside and the historic battlefield where Hannibal staged his famous ambush of the Roman army in 217 BC. Having conquered the alps, Hannibal set a trap for the Romans in a natural amphitheatre just below Tuoro sul Trasimeno, now tranquil and dotted with silver-green olive groves.

Day 6 After your final caffe latte this morning, we say “Arrivederci”.

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

What not to miss:

• A tour of the fabulous Avignonesi vineyard

• The medieval lakeside town of Castiglione del Lago

• Taking the ferry to Isola Maggiore for a delicious lunch

Your Cycling Holidays in Italy

Umbria and Lake Tresimeno

Day 1 Arrive at Perugia, Florence or Rome and transfer to Cortona. Check in to your stunning hotel in the southern hills of Tuscany and Umbria and relax with a quintessential Italian cappuccino or a glass of the local Sangiovese. You’ll be fitted out with your e-bike and briefed on how to use it before enjoying dinner.

Day 2 Cortona. On the first day of your holiday you may choose to relax at your luxurious hotel and make the most of the lovely swimming pool or we recommend the short cycle to nearby Cortona (6 miles/9km). Cortona is a hilltop town with spectacular views of the surrounding Val di Chiana and Lake Trasimeno. Cortona was founded by the Etruscans and still enclosed by ancient walls. The town, featured in Frances Mayes popular book and film ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’, has many excellent restaurants. Well worth the visit is The Etruscan Academy Museum of Cortona, one of the finest displays of the Etruscans in Italy.

Day 3 Cortona to Castiglione del Lago (17 miles/27km). Leaving Villa di Piazzano today, the route takes you south into rolling countryside on the edge of the Montepulciano wine region to Italy’s fourth largest lake, Lake Trasimeno. Your destination is the ancient town of Castiglione del Lago built on a limestone promontory on the west of the lake, with its old town centre surrounded by medieval walls and overlooked by its castle, Rocca del Leone. There is a beach next to the town enabling you to enjoy a dip in the lake before discovering your unique and elegant lodgings for the night, set in the historical centre.

Day 4 Avignonesi Vineyard (21 miles/34km). You may choose to take a rest day and explore Castiglione del Lago, perhaps taking a short ride to the lake shore for lunch or take a ferry to one of the charming islands. Alternatively, you could enjoy the round-trip cycle to one of the region’s best known and favourite vineyards, Avignonesi, which is steeped in history, tradition and of course wondrous wines. The magnificent estate has introduced organic and biodynamic winemaking methods, producing the superb Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. A tour of the vineyard and lunch is highly recommended and can be organised by your local representative.

Day 5 Castiglione del Lago to Tavernelle di Panicale (20 miles/31km). After the short decent from Castiglione del Lago, the flat route follows the lake shore before reaching the village of Panicale, which is highly recommended as a lunch stop. Moving on from Panicale, you leave the lake behind and cycle through the valley and villages of Tavernelle and Tavernella before reaching your stunning hotel.

Day 6 Rest Day. Today relax in the comforts of your luxurious hotel and enjoy the swimming pool, book a spa session or have a game of tennis and spoil yourself in the depths of the Umbrian countryside!

Day 7 Tavernelle di Panicale to Cortona (34 miles/54km). Today you’ll cycle back to the south edge of Lake Trasimeno to the town of San Feliciano before cycling along the east coast of the lake to Passignano. From Passignano, you’ll take the ferry (payable locally) to Isola Maggiore with your bike for lunch on shore at one of the lovely restaurants such as our favourite Ristorante L’Oso. Then it’s on to Tuoro on the ferry and back to Villa di Piazzano, via the ancient dogana (customs) post where a sign reveals a fascinating list of famous people who have passed through the arches.

Day 8 After your final caffe latte this morning, we say “Arrivederci”.

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner

What not to miss:

• A tour of the fabulous Avignonesi vineyard

• The medieval lakeside town of Castiglione del Lago

• Taking the ferry to Isola Maggiore for a delicious lunch

Your Cycling Holidays in Italy

Umbria and Lake Tresimeno

Hotels

A fine selection of hotels to choose from

  • Antica Gabella, Castiglione del Lago

    Antica Gabella, Castiglione del Lago

    Set in the very heart of this ancient town, the unique guesthouse Antica Gabella dates back to the 1200s. This property offers a true slice of traditional Italian lifestyle with all the comforts of modern living. The accommodation is arranged in apartments, each with their own separate sitting areas where you can marvel at the 800-year-old vaulted ceiling. Step out onto the street and wonder to the piazza a short walk away. 

  • Villa di Piazzano, Cortona

    Villa di Piazzano, Cortona

    4 star

    Dating back to 1464, the Villa di Piazzano is an elegant Historic Estate set on the border between Umbria and Tuscany. Cardinal Silvio Passerini originally built the villa as a hunting lodge which has now been lovingly restored into a luxurious hotel. It is located close to Cortona, tucked away in beautiful Italian countryside and a protected natural reserve. This family run hotel has an elegant swimming pool, landscaped gardens, wine cellar and a terrace with panoramic views. The lovely restaurant specialises in serving Tuscan cuisine using fresh local ingredients. The chef and sommelier host wine tasting and pasta making lessons for our guests on this fabulous single centre break. (Please note that the restaurant is closed on Tuesdays).

  • Villa Monte Solare, Tavernelle di Panicale

    Villa Monte Solare, Tavernelle di Panicale

    4 star

    Once home to 18th century aristocrats, the Villa Monte Solare sits in the Umbrian countryside, surrounded by olive trees and rolling hills and valleys. Its 25 rooms have period, antique decor and it boasts a wellness centre and deluxe spa, outdoor swimming pool, tennis court and a gourmet restaurant.

Your Cycling Holidays in Italy

Umbria and Lake Tresimeno

April to October

2018 Departure Dates

Nights Self-Guided
7 nights B&B
29 April 
until 28 October
Price
April to October 7 Bed and Breakfast £1165
April to October 7 Half Board £1529
April to October 5 Bed and Breakfast £895
April to October 5 Half Board £1165

Single Supplement: On request

*Please note that the restaurant in Villa di Piazzano is closed on Tuesday and therefore the half board option is not available.

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